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The idea of a holiday wedding is just so lovely and romantic!!! There’s nothing we love more than gathering with friends and family–so what’s not more ideal than celebrating your wedding during such a wonderful time of the year! Today we are so excited to share with you these gorgeous images by our Grey Collective member, Athena Pelton! Kate and Matt’s wedding images have gotten us in the mood for some snow and hot chocolate.

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Kristin and Tyler’s wedding is an incredibly gorgeous celebration full of surprising ombre details that we love! But beyond that, you must read Kristin’s story. She shared with us that she lost her mom to a battle with breast cancer just before getting engaged–and that the celebration was very much inspired by her (I love the picture of Kristin and her dad walking down the aisle–such an emotional moment).

Tyler and I met, first as friends and eventually becoming something more, and over the last six and a half years fell deeply in love with one another. We got engaged this past February when my mom lost an inspiring and hard fought battle to breast cancer and shortly after, my dad gave Tyler her wedding ring, along with his blessing to ask me to marry him. I woke up on the morning of her celebration of life with her ring on my finger and my perfect partner asking me to hang out with him forever. Our engagement was short, but very sweet, and the majority of it was spent in Italy where I had returned to finish my professional volleyball season and he’d come with. In between researching venues and hashing out guest lists, we took road trips to Venice, Florence, Rome, and down the Mediterranean coast to Cannes….but of most important note while in Italy (re wedding),  I found my wedding dress. I stumbled upon an amazing personal shopper who took me to meet a number of wedding dress designers in Milan…I tried so many beautiful dresses on that day, but the most perfect was (the one I ended up purchasing) designed and handmade by Antonio Riva. It had just come off the runway and is the only one of its kind ever made. That experience was super special because not only did I find my dream dress, but I got to meet the designer and have him fit me for it as well. After that, things started falling into place when we found our superman photographer Josh Elliott, who ended up eventually linking us to our incredibly inspired venue. Summer flew by and September arrived, and our wedding day was perfect. The people, the place, the energy, the dancing, the love, the sunset… it was all perfect. And it was all inspired by her.

Now that I’ve completely teared up, we’ll share the gorgeous images with you shot by Josh Elliott Photography.

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This beautiful chair was decorated in honor of Kristin’s mother.

Vendors and Resources | Wedding Coordinator/Stylist: Stylish Details // Ceremony & Reception Venue: Keys Creek Lavender Farm // Photographer: Josh Elliott Photography // Flowers: Briana Maxson Floral Design // Cake: Sweets by Jacqueline // Rentals/Catering: Encore Catering // Hair: Linsay Joy // Makeup: Cindy Franco Makeup Artistry

Today we are excited to be releasing an exclusive first peek of the latest issue of the Knot Magazine cover shot by Elizabeth Messina. Before the big reveal, we thought we’d share with you more images (some of which have not been released!) from the INCREDIBLE caravan elopement that was created by Merryl Brown Events and her team. Erin and Jack’s elopement was the very first wedding to take place at The Villa at Sunstone Winery, and Elizabeth’s images have most certainly put them on the map! You’ll get a chance to see more of Sunstone later today, because it was the location for The Knot Magazine cover shoot as well.

All three of our family blogs are featuring Elizabeth Messina today, so head on over to Grey Likes Nesting and Grey Likes Baby for more gorgeousness. Be sure to check back in just a bit for the exclusive online release of the cover!

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Merryl Brown Events (the genius behind all of these INCREDIBLE details) filled us in on Erin and Jack’s wedding:

The gypsy-inspired wedding at Sunstone Villa was one of our favorite weddings ever! We had a brilliant team of vendors, the bride and groom were stunning and the setting was sublime. Having the honor of producing the first wedding ever at Sunstone Villa combined with working with the amazing Elizabeth Messina created an absolutely magical day for all. The resulting images are simply beautiful!

In case you are wondering about this INSANE location, Sunstone Villa, we thought we’d share with you a little information from the owners, Anna and Bion Rice:

Sunstone Vineyards and Winery has grown up to now be Sunstone Vineyards, Winery & Villa. We are so pleased to be able to share our private Villa residence with our club members and select friends. A true labor of love, The Villa was constructed entirely from ancient artifacts and materials recovered from buildings and humble French villages by Sunstone founders Fred and Linda Rice while on numerous trips to quarries and reclamation yards. Up until recently, the Villa has had no public access, and now it is being exclusively offered as part of our newly launched “Season to Remember” packages, which offer a private tasting, tour and overnight stay in one of our four luxury suites. Staying in the Sunstone Villa is like a European STAYcation….right here in your own backyard.

Photography: Elizabeth Messina // Producer + Coordinator: Merryl Brown Events // Venue: Sunstone Vineyards // Floral Design: Flower Wild // China: Small Masterpiece // Hair + Makeup: Christina and Shannon // Caravan Builders: Jim Forsha of Imagine Design + Jamie Nelson Construction // Caravan Decorative Painting: Maryvonne Laparliere // Caravan Base Painting: Galvin Painting // Food Styling: Valerie Rice // Baker: Elizabeth Colling // Musicians: Vincent Zorn and Vedant Koppera // Ethnic Jewelry: Adesso // Formal Jewelry: 33 Jewels // Wedding Gowns: Vera WangClaire Pettibone // Bridal Lingere: Claire Pettibone // Man’s Attire: John Varvatos // Officiant: Saral Burdette // Videographer: Bliss Video Productions // Headpieces and Veils: Twigs and Honey // Desserts: Sweet Nuit Chocolates // Bride: Erin Skipley // Published in C Magazine

Shayna and Jason’s fall wedding at the Smog Shoppe was, as the bride Shayna says, like a dinner party–only slightly bigger! All of the navy, jewel tones and candles created a very elegant atmosphere that is so perfect for Fall! Shayna shared with us insight into planning their incredibly personal and thoughtful wedding, so be sure to read her story! Very special thanks to wedding designers, Bash, Please, and photographer, James Moes, for letting us share their gorgeous work!

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From the moment we started planning, we knew we wanted our wedding to feel like a bigger, better version of the small dinner parties we host at home. To that end we chose to use lots of candles, small, mix-and-match arrangements of flowers, and striped napkins–things we use at home, too–and brought our fire pit from home for late night s’mores. I’m not sure anyone noticed, but we even bought extra versions of our own salt and pepper shakers for the tables. We wanted the reception to feel warm and intimate and deeply romantic. I absolutely loved how the room glowed once the lights were turned down for dinner.

It was also important to us that wherever possible, we made sentimental choices. Our wedding china (which was a gift passed down from my grandmother) was placed at just our seats, so that we could always remember using it for our first meal as husband and wife, and my grandmother made our wedding cake herself. It wasn’t anything fancy, but it was much more special to me than any showstopping dessert could have been, and it’s a detail I’ll always be proud to

Aside from that, we wanted our guests to know how important they were to us on that day and always. To make the space personal not just for us but for everyone, we secretly printed and framed photos of our favorite memories with each of them. Then the photos were set up on the large bookshelves along one of Smog Shoppe’s far walls. It was fun to watch our guests discover the photos.

Once I saw a how-to guide on making printed envelopes out of wallpaper in a bridal magazine, I had my heart set on doing it. It wasn’t easy, but my mom, my dad, and my sister-in-law each pitched in (thanks you guys!) and I absolutely loved how they turned out. It was a really nice way to add some style to an otherwise classic invitation.

In the end, we couldn’t have been happier with our vendors. We got compliments for weeks on the food, the drinks, the music, the flowers, James’ beautiful photos, the video–everything. Best of all, I got to exchange vows with someone I love more than words could describe in front of the people who make our marriage a family.

Bash, Please – Design/Planning/Paper Goods // James Moes – Photography // Marcia McCann – Florals // Smog Shoppe – Venue // Pharmacie – Cocktails //  Heirloom LA – Catering // Stillwater Cinematography – Video // Town and Country – Rentals // Smiles Davis of The Flashdance – DJ // Eric Kufs – Ceremony Music // Aviva Cohen – Hair // Eric Soto – Make-up

John and Sarah’s wedding is SO MUCH FUN! Their fun personalities shine all throughout the design (by our fave Jesi Haack Design) with festive high impact elements like colorful fringe, a striped aisle runner, and bright blooms! We also love that they incorporated an app for guests to upload and share images from the wedding day! What a genius idea! You can check out more details about The Wedding Party app here! Very special thanks to Aaron Shintaku for sharing his lovely images! We are so lucky!

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Photography: Aaron Shintaku // Design & Coordination: Jesi Haack Design // Cake & Desserts: My Sweet and Saucy // Florist: Honey and Poppies // Caterer: Carbonara // Rentals: Signature // Ice Cream Sandwich: Cool Haus // Makeup: Nichole Shockley // Hair: Verushka // Venue: The Casino // Photobooth: Photo Cabina // Cocktail band: Wheeland Bros // DJ: 4tify